ACEDS announces Xact Data Discovery renews as Premier Diamond Level Affiliate Partner

April 11, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that Xact Data Discovery (XDD) has renewed its ACEDS premier “Diamond Level” affiliate partnership.

This prestigious status allows XDD to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“XDD is one of our most longstanding ACEDS partners and consistent contributor of great educational content,” said ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP. “We are happy our partnership will continue as our global community looks forward to Matthew Verga’s weekly eDiscovery guidance and analysis.”

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to XDD and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, a best-practice-oriented community of professionals, and the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program.

“Providing powerful educational content to the market is a huge part of our overall content marketing strategy at XDD,” said Bob Lorum, VP of Marketing at Xact Data Discovery. “We’ve enjoyed working with the ACEDS team in delivering educational webinars on a variety of topics over the past three years and will continue to do so in the future.”

 

 

About ACEDS

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.


About Xact Data Discovery
Open communication, closed case

Xact Data Discovery (XDD) is a leading international provider of eDiscovery, data management and managed review services for law firms and corporations. XDD helps clients optimize their eDiscovery matters by orchestrating pristine communication between people, processes, technology and data. XDD services include forensicseDiscovery processingRelativity hosting and managed review.

XDD has 16 offices throughout the United States and two locations in India. XDD offers exceptional customer service with a commitment to responsive, transparent and timely communication to ensure clients remain informed throughout the entire discovery life cycle.

https://www.xactdatadiscovery.com/

ACEDS announces ZyLAB renews as Premier Gold Level Affiliate Partner

April 9, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that ZyLAB has renewed its premier “Gold Level” affiliate partnership.

This prestigious status allows ZyLAB to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“My ACEDS colleague Kaylee Walstad and I first worked together as part of the ZyLAB family,” said Mary Mack, ACEDS Executive Director. “We are so pleased to feature our groundbreaking ZyLAB team and technology on our ACEDS webinar channel. We are very grateful for ZyLAB’s continued partnership and leadership in founding our Benelux chapter.”

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to ZyLAB and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, a best-practice-oriented community of professionals, and the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program.

Johannes Scholtes, Chief Strategy Officer at ZyLAB said, “It is our great pride and pleasure to work side-by-side with the biggest and most professional organization in the eDiscovery space. By advancing and growing the ACEDS Chapter in the Benelux, the first professional eDiscovery Community in the region, we are expanding our joint efforts to exchange ideas, guidance, training and best practices for the international eDiscovery community.”

 

About ZyLAB

At ZyLAB, we strongly believe that fact-finding and privacy rules compliance cannot be done without Smart Machines. That is why ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery uses Artificial Intelligence and Data Science techniques to meet the specific requirements of law firms, corporations and governments who have to deal with eDiscovery, answering regulatory requests, internal investigations, audits and handling public records requests.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

ACEDS Announces Everlaw as newest Premier Diamond Level Affiliate Partner

April 8, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that Everlaw is the association’s newest premier “Diamond Level” affiliate partner. 

This prestigious status allows Everlaw to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“I am thrilled to welcome a Silicon Valley standout, Everlaw, to our global ACEDS community as a Diamond Partner,” said Mary Mack, ACEDS Executive Director.  “As our community looks toward SaaS and the cloud, we look forward to the education Everlaw will provide to our members.”

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to Everlaw and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, a best-practice-oriented community of professionals, and the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program.

“The cloud is making discovery faster, more efficient, and more dynamic for lawyers all over the world,” said AJ Shankar, CEO of Everlaw. “We’re proud to join with ACEDS in defining best practices, setting standards and raising awareness of this rapidly changing sector of legal technology.”

 

About ACEDS

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

About Everlaw

Everlaw blends modern design with cutting-edge technology to help corporations, law firms, and government entities solve the toughest problems in the legal industry. Our cloud-based litigation platform features drag-and-drop uploading, flexible productions, blink-speed search, automatic predictions based on machine learning, and robust real-time collaboration so legal practitioners can focus on what they do best. Everlaw’s clients include eight of the top ten class-action law firms, corporate counsels, and is used by U.S. state attorneys general in every state. Based in Oakland, California, Everlaw is supported by investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Menlo Ventures.

ACEDS announces Compliance Discovery Solutions renews as Premier Gold Level Affiliate Partner

Mar. 28, 2019Eagan, Minn – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that Compliance Discovery Solutions™ (DS) has renewed its affiliation as a premier “Gold Level” partner.

This prestigious status allows Compliance DS to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“We are grateful for the support our charter affiiate Compliance DS has shown through the years, sponsoring not only our growing global chapters and educational programs, but also our flagship national event at Legaltech,” said ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP. “We are proud to renew the organization as a premier Gold Affiliate Partner for 2019.”

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to Compliance DS and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, a best-practice-oriented community of professionals, and the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program (eDEx).

“We are excited to continue our partnership with ACEDS as it has enabled our professionals to remain at the forefront of today’s best e-Discovery strategies and cutting edge technologies” said Marc Zamsky, Chief Operating Officer, Compliance Discovery Solutions. “We are committed to the high quality, valuable continuing education programs that ACEDS consistently delivers.”

 

 

About Compliance Discovery Solutions
Compliance Discovery Solutions (www.complianceds.com) is a state-of-the-art integrated eDiscovery services and managed review provider. Through a combination of cutting edge technology, secure SSAE 16 SOC certified data centers and a national footprint of document review space, Compliance helps corporate legal departments and their outside counsel manage critical and complex legal matters. Compliance is a System One (www.systemone.com) division.

 

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

BARBRI and New York State Bar Association bolster networking, career-building opportunities with free two-year NYSBA membership for international law graduates and lawyers

Mar. 20, 2019, LONDON – Global legal education provider BARBRI and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) are offering BARBRI’s international students and alumni enhanced networking and career-building opportunities with a free two-year membership to NYSBA.

In addition, BARBRI is offering NYSBA members discounted fees on its international programmes to prepare foreign-qualified law graduates to sit for the New York or California Bar Exam.  BARBRI is also offering discounted fees for NYSBA attorneys seeking requalification as a solicitor in England and Wales through the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

The rapid growth of U.S. law firms in London and internationally, and the global nature of today’s legal landscape have created tremendous opportunity for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, particularly those dual-qualified in the U.S. and U.K. An increasing number of lawyers are expressing the need or desire to be able to advise transatlantic clients. BARBRI offers the path for those lawyers with its International Bar Preparation programme for non-U.S. law graduates and lawyers. QLTS Prep by BARBRI prepares qualified lawyers in other jurisdictions to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

This agreement builds on BARBRI’s international expertise, offering students and alumni of the programmes the chance to make and foster connections through NYSBA’s powerful network to help them meet their international career aspirations. For more than 140 years, NYSBA has served the legal profession in New York, influencing the development of law, advocating for important legislation and working for justice. With tens of thousands of members around the world, 65 chapters outside of the U.S and regional meetings around the globe, NYSBA membership offers tremendous prospects for lawyers looking to expand their expertise and international network.

BARBRI International Bar Preparation and QLTS Prep by BARBRI students and alumni will receive a free two-year membership to NYSBA – the International section and one additional section of their choice.

“Our aim is to not only prepare international lawyers to become dual-qualified, but to support them in building their careers and international networks,” said Sarah Hutchinson, BARBRI international managing director. “The NYSBA relationship, with its incredible worldwide network, events, education and other benefits, will provide the opportunity for our alumni to enhance their international employability.”

 

About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education and specialized training needs of law students, attorneys and other professionals throughout their careers. The companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. The company also provides online J.D., post-J.D. and international programs for U.S. law schools and specialised ongoing training and certifications in areas such as financial crime prevention and eDiscovery. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices throughout the United States and around the world.

About the New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association is the second largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, the Association has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.

ACEDS Announces OpenText Discovery as Newest Premier Diamond Level Affiliate Partner

Mar. 12, 2019Eagan, MN – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that OpenText Discovery™ is the association’s newest premier “Diamond Level” affiliate partner.

This prestigious status allows OpenText Discovery to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“With ACEDS global growth into new communities, we are thrilled to have the global giant OpenText Discovery join us as a Diamond partner,” said Mary Mack, ACEDS executive director. “OpenText is partnering with us to certify their teams, support and expand our chapter network beyond the U.S. border, and deliver thoughtful, insightful education to our community. We could not be more pleased.”

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to OpenText Discovery and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, a best-practice-oriented community of professionals, and the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program.

“We’re thrilled to partner with ACEDS,” said OpenText Vice President of Product Marketing Stephen Ludlow. “Certification of our eDiscovery professionals is critical to advancing individuals’ careers and providing our clients the peace of mind that their teams are trained to the highest standards. Additionally, ACEDS is an important partner for us in facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices in the eDiscovery community.”

 

 

About OpenText Discovery

OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, on premises or in the cloud. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTEX) visit opentext.com.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

Relativity honors Mary Mack, ACEDS Executive Director as Stellar Women in eDiscovery Candidate

Mar. 8, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce Executive Director Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP, has been recognized by Relativity as the first candidate for its new 2019 “Stellar Women in e-Discovery” campaign. Mack’s podcast accepting the nomination is being released today, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Mack is the first of many exceptional women that the eDiscovery software industry leader will recognize this year for their positive impact on the eDiscovery field and lives of others. The yearlong campaign will culminate this October at Relativity Fest in Chicago with a new Innovation Award of the same name. After a vote by the eDiscovery community, Relativity will bestow the Stellar Woman in eDiscovery Award upon one 2019 candidate who best represents the mentorship, leadership, and spirit needed to create a positive, measured impact on diversity in the industry.

“Mary Mack is a trailblazer in the eDiscovery industry thanks to her passion, commitment to community building, and expert knowledge of the space,” said April Runft, Team Lead, Brand Programs at Relativity. “We are proud to recognize Mary as part of Stellar Women in e-Discovery and to continue partnering with her to increase and celebrate diversity in the industry.”

“Mary Mack’s experience in the eDiscovery landscape is known to all in this industry. As Executive Director for ACEDS, she is literally building an international community where the exchange of training, professional development and networking thrives between a wide variety of eDiscovery practitioners,” said Barbara Bennett, CEDS, Litigation Support Manager, FCA North America and ACEDS Detroit Chapter Chairman of the Board. “Mary’s talent for warmly embracing all eDiscovery professionals, her determined assistance to raise up those around her, and her quest to raise the bar in terms of knowledge within this industry is the definition of establishing the balance that’s needed to drive a better working world. I cannot think of a better candidate for Relativity’s Stellar Woman award.”

Known as an eDiscovery leader and pioneer, Mack authored the very first book on the field, A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. Her follow-up book,  eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel published by Thomson Reuters, co-edited with Carole Basri, is now in its eighth edition. Mack has pioneered processes, helped build the global eDiscovery community and written articles and posts that have helped build the industry. She is widely known for her technical expertise, and has served as product counsel and subject matter expert. She is an internationally recognized speaker and frequently sought after for her expert opinion on the complex issues facing our industry and the people in it.

“I’m honored and humbled to be included in the group of women who have received this honor,” said Mack. “Over the years I’ve watched our eDiscovery community grow, thrive and become ever-more relevant in today’s legal environment. Our accomplishments are due to the commitment, skills and efforts of the professionals around me and I am grateful for their support and collaboration.”

Mack is perceived by her colleagues to personify the 2019 International Women’s Day theme of  #BalanceForBetter, driving diversity and inclusion in every area and tirelessly advancing the careers of women and underrepresented communities in technology for over two decades. She has invested her time and talents to mentor countless people, and connected individuals and companies with opportunities, all with an eye toward strengthening the greater legal tech community.

“Mary Mack is the matriarch of our eDiscovery industry,” said Suzanne H. Clark, Esq., CEDS. “When I think of Mary, I don’t simply think of the kind, wise, intelligent, and accomplished woman she is. Rather, I have distinct memories of specific times she has guided and supported me over the years. Mary has been a mentor and confidant who I could call on for advice, counsel, and encouragement. I know the only repayment she would ask is that I aim to do the same for others.”

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

About Relativity

At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our e-discovery platform is used by thousands of organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects. Relativity has over 180,000 users in 40+ countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, and 198 of the Am Law 200. RelativityOne offers all the functionality of Relativity in a secure and comprehensive SaaS product. Relativity has been named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for eight consecutive years. Please contact Relativity at sales@relativity.com or visit http://www.relativity.com for more information.

Leading financial crime prevention education and certification provider, ACFCS, and BAE Systems host relevant and timely “Future of Financial Crime” event for compliance professionals

Professionals converged on MIT campus for half-day session exploring impacts of legalized marijuana, machine learning analytics, blockchain and other emerging issues in compliance and investigations

Mar. 5, 2019 – MIAMI – The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, took an important step in arming financial crime prevention professionals to successfully face an increasingly complex landscape, hosting the Future of Financial Crime seminar.

Private sector professionals gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to hear from and interact with global experts, including representatives from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Department of Homeland Security, on emerging threats and opportunities. Among the important topics covered by the sessions were challenges faced with banking marijuana-related businesses, alert monitoring, new rules in beneficial ownership and the impact of blockchain and cryptocurrency on compliance.

“The rise of new technologies, along with trends such as legalized marijuana, have profound impacts on the financial crime prevention profession,” said ACFCS President Joseph Yerant. “The real challenge for professionals lies in understanding what exactly the emerging technologies and trends mean for their organizations and compliance programs. This session was about demystifying and helping professionals understand the practical applications of machine learning analytics, blockchain and other tech in financial crime compliance, and diving into timely challenges facing financial institutions.”

The day’s initial session explored the state of the multi-billion-dollar legal cannabis industry and the state/federal law conflicts that present challenges for financial institutions to serve this rapidly growing and profitable marketplace. Panelists David B. Chenkin, Managing Partner, Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP, and Robert Goldfinger, Global Expert, Financial Crimes Solutions, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, provided insights on how to approach marijuana-related businesses as customers, and an update on the impact to BSA/AML programs, including reporting requirements. The panel also covered technology tools that may be relevant in the industry.

“The landscape of legalized marijuana presents banking institutions with unique and sometimes contradictory challenges,” said ACFCS Vice President, Product, Brian Kindle. “It was extremely useful to hear from experts on how to balance the banking ‘customer’ viewpoint with strict compliance to BSA/AML laws and gain some actionable insights professionals could put into practice right away.”

Richard Graham, Head of Business Solutions Consulting for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, provided audience members with a past, present and future perspective on alert monitoring in financial institutions. The presentation offered a grounding in monitoring practices amidst an environment of inconsistency across organizations and emerging technologies. It also looked ahead to current and emerging challenges, including dealing with increasingly large volumes of data in monitoring programs and implementing machine learning.

In May 2018, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued new procedures on the beneficial owner rule and Customer Due Diligence (CDD). Against that backdrop, renowned speaker, Craig Hirsch, bank examiner and BSA/AML Specialist with the OCC, provided insight on bank examiner expectations and discussed key issues and trends the OCC is seeing at financial institutions.

“Hearing the bank examiner perspective and having the ability to address questions directly to a representative of the OCC such as Craig is invaluable for professionals in banking compliance,” said Yerant. “Gaining insights as to the consistent issues within institutions the OCC is coming across and understanding the method behind the revised rules can help them better protect their organizations and comply more efficiently.”

The day’s final session addressed cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology from both the law enforcement and financial institution perspective. Henry Basile, Supervisory Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations, Doug McCalmont, senior AML solutions consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, and Robert Bench, Chief Compliance Officer with Circle Financial, provided the differing perspectives on these technologies.

More adoption and innovative blockchain solutions have brought the crypto world into the mainstream, but the criminal element continues to exploit cryptocurrencies. McCalmont did a deep dive on how blockchain technologies will impact the financial system, including introducing some interesting applications for digital identity and customer due diligence. On the flip side, Basile gave some insights into how the criminal element is exploiting cryptocurrencies, and the watch-outs for financial institutions. As the head of compliance for cryptocurrency exchange and payments firm, Bench offered a perspective from inside the industry, describing how crypto companies were deploying increasingly rigorous compliance programs.

“The feedback from participants was extremely positive around the content and the presenters,” said Yerant. “If we can provide the knowledge and access to experts that enables professionals to do their jobs better, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do. We plan to host future sessions with other topics of interest to our members and other financial crime professionals in the coming months.”

White House Executive Office team engages ACEDS to deliver onsite electronic discovery training

Feb. 21, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – The Executive Office of the President of the United States has joined other leading organizations equipping their teams with critical electronic discovery knowledge through global eDiscovery education and certification provider, the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI Professional Association.

The in-person electronic discovery training session for professionals in the Executive Office of the President of the United States was led by eDiscovery educators and practitioners, (L to R) David Greetham, Kaylee Walstad, Mary Mack, Shannon Bales.

The Executive Office participants represented a cross-section of accountabilities – information governance, IT, records management, eDiscovery and attorneys. The in-person training session, covering the essentials of electronic discovery and customized to meet the specific needs and roles of attendees, was taught by seasoned eDiscovery educators and practitoners:

Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP – ACEDS Executive Director, award-winning eDiscovery pioneer and author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery, the very first book on the subject. Mack is also the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel. Frequently sought out for comment on industry issues, Mack has spoken at venues including the Gartner Symposium, the American Bar Association International Law Committee, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Shannon Bales – Managing Director at FTI Consulting and award-winning eDiscovery expert, recognized for managing some of the largest and most technically difficult cases in the country and world. Bales is a legal technology instructor at UCLA, and is also the author of The Trial Presentation Companion, published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) in 2018.

David A. Greetham, CEDS – Vice President of eDiscovery sales and operations at Ricoh USA, Inc., an international computer forensics testifying and consulting expert. Greetham holds multiple eDiscovery technology patents, and is the inventor of Remlox™, a patented forensically sound “remote-collection” tool already deployed in 38 different countries.

Kaylee Walstad, CEDS – ACEDS Vice President of Client Engagement, with a broad background of eDiscovery experience and skill, and extensive expertise in developing cross-organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.

“Being asked to provide training to professionals in the Executive Office was humbling, both for ACEDS and our community,” said Mack. “This validates the growing importance of eDiscovery competence for all organizations, whether public or private, and the awareness that eDiscovery training needs to encompass teams, as well as individuals.

“Each of the professionals being trained has a unique role in the electronic discovery process. When a cross-functional team hears the same message at the same time, it provides a common grounding. Everyone is then able to ‘speak the same language’ and understand their unique contribution and impact on the full end-to-end process. That is key to an organization’s success in electronic discovery.”

ACEDS group training and certification is available through online or in-person sessions and can be customized to meet an organization’s unique requirements. Learn more about ACEDS team training here.

 

About ACEDS

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

ACEDS announces LDM Global as newest Silver Level Affiliate Partner

Feb.11, 2019EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider, the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is pleased to announce that LDM Global is the association’s newest “Silver Level” affiliate partner.

This prestigious status allows LDM Global to leverage and contribute to the full breadth of ACEDS education, marketing, training and professional development resources to enhance the overall electronic discovery skills and capabilities of eDiscovery practitioners.

“I worked with the professionals at LDM Global when I was an active practitioner. All of us at ACEDS are grateful for the support and educational contributions of this accomplished group and we look forward to working together,” said ACEDS Executive Director Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP.

Among the ACEDS opportunities and resources available to LDM Global and other members are leading-edge job tools, networking forums and opportunities through a global chapter network and events, and a best-practice-oriented community of professionals. Additionally, members benefit from the exclusive preparation and exam for the career-enhancing CEDS™ professional certification, as well as ACEDS’ new eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program, which provides foundational eDiscovery training.

“LDM Global’s vision of adding value to our clients’ businesses, which often includes educating clients on best practices and strategies to manage electronic information needs, fits naturally with ACEDS’ focus on building a community and providing guidance and training to eDiscovery professionals,” said LDM Global Chief Executive Officer Conor Looney. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with ACEDS on this mission and further our support of the eDiscovery industry.”

 

About LDM Global

Founded in 1996, LDM Global is an information management, data solutions and litigation support firm. The company specializes in providing eDiscovery, Digital Forensics, Offshore Document Review and Cybersecurity services. Having completed work in more than 40 countries, LDM Global is committed to adding value to its clients, helping professionals reduce risk and find critical evidence. Clients are supported 24 hours a day, seven days a week from four secure global data centers, in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and the Caribbean; operations hubs in Texas and India; and certified consultants in key international locations.

About ACEDS

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, education, certification, and ongoing education by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.